Professional Fighters League Semis Best Bets

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Another Professional Fighters League (PFL) playoff is upon us and we got some bangers to look forward to! Fight fans that have been following the PFL this season have realized that it’s not necessarily the biggest names that are putting out the best performances, but the men and women who WANT THAT $1 MILLION TOURNAMENT PRIZE MORE! Yes, I said $1 Million! Yes, that is about 5x more than Cyril Gane, who recently TKO’d Derrick Lewis at UFC 265, made in his headlining UFC title fight. So if you want to see fighters that walk more and talk less, PFL will keep you on the edge of your seat.

-150 Molvid Khaybulaev (17-0-1) vs. +120 Brandon Loughnane (21-3), Featherweight

When Khaybulaev faces Loughnane in the PFL featherweight semi-final, DO NOT BLINK! Both of these knockout artists can end the fight at any second with their deep tool box of weapons. Loughnane is coming off a fight of the year candidate against Tyler Diamond – which had me jumping off my couch several times! For Khaybulaev, the Russian native is fresh off beating the former back-to-back PFL champion, Lance Palmer. Thursday’s main event should be fireworks in a cage! For sheer chin durability, I’m going with the Englishman, Loughnane.

Selection: Brandon Loughnane

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-190 Bubba Jenkins (16-4) vs. +150 Chris Wade (19-6), Featherweight

Right off the bat, it should be acknowledged that Bubba Jenkins walks into the cage with one of the greatest wrestling resumes in all of Mixed Martial Arts. Jenkins, who is a former NCAA Division I champion. And like the previously mentioned Khaybulaev, Jenkins possesses a victory over former PFL champion Lance Palmer. Unlike Khaybulaev, Jenkins used his superior grappling abilities to absolutely swarm Palmer en route to an unanimous decision. So after all that about Jenkins, why should you even look at Long Island native Chris Wade as a betting option? Well for starters, he trains with some of the most elite group of fighters in the world, he has a solid wrestling game, a constantly growing striking skill set and a heart of a lion. It’s asking a lot of Wade to create space, fend off constant takedown attempts and do enough damage to steal a win here, but if anyone can do it, it’s Wade.

Selection: Chris Wade

-170 Antonio Carlos Junior (11-5) vs. +135 Emiliano Sordi (23-8-1), Light-Heavyweight

Time for the big boys! Antonio Carlos Junior, who fought in the UFC as recent as January (UFC 257: McGregor vs. Poirier), is hoping to establish himself in a big way with a win over the “He-Man”, Emiliano Sordi. Carlos Junior has a very well-rounded set of skills but may fall short in the strength department which may eliminate one of his biggest tools against the bigger Sordi – submissions. Nine out Carlos Junior’s 11 victories have come via submission, but expect the Argentinian, Sordi, to muscle himself out of danger and land big, potentially fight-ending, blows.

Selection: Emiliano Sordi

-160 Marthin Hamlet (7-2) vs. +128 Cezar Ferreira (14-9), Light-Heavyweight

Norway’s Marthin Hamlet, who’s thrown bones for Cage Warriors, one of the elite European MMA organizations, is getting a huge step up in competition against former UFC fighter Cezar Ferreira. Although Ferreira fought at a lighter weight class in the UFC (185 pounds vs. 205 pounds), he seems to have filled out very nicely in his new division, and amazingly enough, notched his first Knockout victory since 2011 in his PFL debut. Ferreira is a very live dog here and may be coming into his full potential when he steps into the cage Thursday night.

Selection: Cezar Ferriera

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